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News in 2014

Treating Cancer Pain in Children at Home

December 16, 2014 - Webinar

Pediatric pain psychologist Michelle A. Fortier discusses what parents and children need to know about the latest interventions to identify, treat and prevent cancer pain.

Periopeartive Surgical Homes and Improving Results for Patients and Hospitals

UC Irvine Anesthesiologists Spearhead Effort

October 31, 2014 - In the Press

UC Irvine physicians continue to be leaders for a model of surgical care that may drive down hospital costs and, more importantly for patients, results in better outcomes and fewer complications.

“The perioperative surgical home delivers better patient outcomes, enhances safety and reduces costs,” said Zeev Kain, MD, MBA, chairman of the UCI Anesthesiology & Perioperative Care and Chancellor’s Professor of Anesthesiology, Pediatrics and Psychiatry. “That’s not wishful thinking, it’s hard data.”

ANESTHESIOLOGY™ 2014: Opening Session Featuring Periopeartive Surgical Home Leaders

October 17, 2014

Zeev Kain, MD, MBA spoke in front of more than 5,000 attendees at this year's Opening Session at ANESTHESIOLOGY™ 2014 in New Orleans. The ANESTHESIOLOGY™ 2014 is an annual meeting hosted by the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) where more than 15,000 attendees from over 90 countries gather to learn about the latest bench and clinical science, technology and ground-breaking advances in anesthesiology. This year's hot topic was the Perioperative Surgical Home (PSH) model of care.

3rd Annual 2014 California Anesthesia Medical Student Symposium: “Understanding the Future of Anesthesiology”

September 29, 2014 - Event

On Saturday, September 27, 2014 the UCI Anesthesiology Interest Group (AIG) hosted the 3rd Annual California Anesthesia Medical Student Symposium at the UC Irvine Medical Education Building. Registration was opened for students who were interested in pursing the exciting field of anesthesiology. Medical students were arriving from over 20 states around the country for this year’s symposium.

Treating Children with Chronic Pain

September 17, 2014 - Webinar

Pediatric pain specialist Dr. Shalini S. Shah discusses effective ways to diagnose common pain issues in children and new approaches for alleviating their chronic pain.

The Inaugural Perioperative Surgical Home Summit - A Transformative Vision

August 4, 2014 - In the Press

The energy inside the main ballroom at the Balboa Bay Resort on June 7 was unparalleled. The authority of the occasion was undeniable, as international experts in perioperative medicine came together for what promised to be a moment of transformation for medicine. What was this moment? What was this tectonic movement that resulted in the anesthesia and medicine community as a whole buzzing afterwards?

Harvard Anesthesiologist to Lead the Pain Management Program at UCI Health

July 14, 2014

We are delighted to announce that Padma Gulur, MD, has accepted the position of director of pain services at UCI Health. Gulur comes to us from Massachusetts General Hospital’s Harvard Medical School. Dr. Gulur will oversee all pain services throughout UC Irvine Medical Center and Gottschalk Medical Plaza, and will develop new pain management care delivery models for UCI Health.

Two Anesthesiology Faculty Appointed Leadership Positions to UCI Graduate Medical Education (GME) Team

July 1, 2014

Congratulations to Dr. Danielle Perret and Dr. Suzanne Strom on their new leadership roles to the UC Irvine Graduate Medical Education (GME) team! The Office of Graduate Medical Education provides institutional oversight and support for all residency and fellowship programs and their trainees.

Dr. Danielle Perret has been reappointed as the Associate Dean for GME. Dr. Suzanne Strom has been appointed the Assistant Dean for CLER (Clinical Learning Environment Review) and Designated Safety Officer (DSO).

UC Irvine Anesthesia Experts Introduce New Model of Surgical Care

June 30, 2014 - In the Press

Perioperative Surgical Home conference shares care model with medical professionals from around the globe.

The inaugural Perioperative Surgical Home Summit hosted by UC Irvine Health Department of Anesthesiology & Perioperative Care on June 7-8, 2014 provided medical professionals with evidence-based data for a new model of patient care that promises to improve the quality and safety of surgery in the U.S. and internationally. Data presented at the Summit demonstrates that the Perioperative Surgical Home model increases patient satisfaction, while reducing costs, complications, recovery times, and length of stay in the hospital.

Anesthesia and Surgery in Children: Reducing Pain, Fear and Anxiety

June 25, 2014 - Webinar

Pediatric anesthesiology expert Dr. Zeev Kain discusses the effects of anesthesia and surgery on children. Kain explains the steps he takes to reduce fear, pain and anxiety in children who are facing surgery.

Joint Commission Certifies UCI Health Hip and Knee Replacement Programs

June 12, 2014 - In the Press

The UCI Health Joint Surgical Home has come a long way since its inception in 2012 under the leadership of Dr. Zeev Kain, Dr. Ranjan Gupta and Dr. Ran Schwarzkopf. Not only the project reached its high success rate in lowering the cost of care, decreasing patient’s length of hospital stay and improving patient satisfaction, it has earned the blessing of The Joint Commission as well.

What Is a Perioperative Surgical Home? A roundtable discussion with surgical home participants

June 14, 2014 - In the Press

The “medical home” is just one of the healthcare reform measures proposed to provide coordinated care and reduce healthcare costs. Best described as a philosophy of primary care, the medical home should be patient-centered, comprehensive, team-based, coordinated, accessible, and focused on quality and safety.

The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) Health Care System Committee discusses with four members from the 1st Annual Perioperative Surgical Home Summit who are camiliar with the concept of creating a "perioperative surgical home".

The 1st Annual Perioperative Surgical Home Summit

June 7-8, 2014 - Event

The 1st Annual Perioperative Surgical Home Summit provides a comprehensive understanding of the conceptual framework for this care model as well as practical techniques for implementing this innovative model at your institution. The Perioperative Surgical Home is a multi-departmental initiative aimed at transforming surgical care by improving quality, lowering costs and increasing patient and provider satisfaction. Through lectures, panel discussion and open format roundtable discussions, the 1st Annual Perioperative Surgical Home Summit promises to be an excellent, real-world learning experience.

This activity has been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM.

UCI Anesthesiology & Perioperative Care Faculty Publishes Three Medical Books Transforming the Next Generation of Anesthesiologists and the Future of Anesthesiology

April 18, 2014

The department is leading significant change in the field of practicing anesthesiology with three recently books published by the faculty that have earned national prominence.

UCI Health Uses Google Glass in Operating Rooms

January 2, 2014 - In the Press

Anesthesiologists at UCI Health were able to participate in a unique program using the Google Glass device with an integrated medical app designed specifically for use in hospitals. After reading about this new medical app developed for Google Glass by a company in Austin, Texas, Pristine, Drs. Les Garson and Zeev Kain, met with the founders and decided to pursue a pilot program. The goal is to explore the potential for enhancing patient care in the operating room environment.

Dr. Garson featured on NBC4 News health report on "Google Glass Brining Doctors Closer to Patients, Physicians". View Video »